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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 10: October 22, 2008

Top Stories
University House walk-through set for faculty, staff
Helen Melland named interim dean of nursing
Events to Note
Fall Leadership Series features Bob Boyd
Italian fiction writer, English faculty member read short stories Oct. 22
North Dakota Supreme Court hears argument at law school
"Indian Law and Legal Writing" is public lecture Oct. 22
Michael Parenti speaks on "Democracy, Labor, and the Prosperity Myth"
Graphics and Photography Society sponsors Google Sketchup workshop
Museum Autumn Art Auction is Saturday
Support Campus Sustainability Day at Wellness Center Oct. 22
Fall Theology for Lunch continues
Mini Mobile Health Fair dates set
Biology seminar is Oct. 24
Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics seminar is Oct. 24
World Poetry Evening is Oct. 24
AAUW book sale is Oct. 24-25
Visit haunted tours for a great cause
Residence hall Halloween activities are Oct. 26
Kristallnacht documentary to be shown Oct. 27
Future of Technology at UND open forums are Oct. 27-31
Keep Going Program is set for Oct. 27-31
Symposium will discuss ethics in politics
Appreciation reception for Thomas O'Neil is Oct. 28
Graduate and Professional School Information Day is Nov. 4
Sign up for On Teaching seminar Oct. 28
Doctoral examination set for Michael William Suckert
U2 announces new session Oct. 29
U2 lists sessions
Wednesday, Oct. 29, is Denim Day
Doctoral examination set for David P. Austin
Register now for Stone Soup Awards Program Nov. 5
Note revision to National Science Foundation salary policy
Major research instrumentation program (MRI) internal preproposal deadline is Nov. 3
Arts, humanities, social sciences can apply for funding
Book orders now due
Return UND open enrollment forms by Nov. 28; disregard NDPERS postcard
Tuition waivers/discounts offered to benefited employees
Museum Cafe lists specials, soups
Staff Recognition Week winners listed
Deadline is Dec. 12 to apply for employee spouse/dependent tuition waivers
OLLI@UND seeks "Theater Goers," history instructor
Internal job openings listed
Veterans Upward Bound offers math assistance
UND employees can buy Alerus Center event tickets before general public
In the News
Dale Jacobson publishes new book
Bruce Gjovig receives Royal award
University House walk-through set for faculty, staff

President Robert and Marcia Kelley cordially invite all faculty and staff to tour University House, the new residence for the President of UND. The walk-through is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. -- President's Office.

Helen Melland named interim dean of nursing

Helen Melland has been named interim dean of nursing. Melland, who served as interim dean in 2005, starts her new duties Jan. 1. Chandice Covington, dean of nursing since 2005, has recently taken a position as professor and Florence Thelma Hall Endowed Chair for Nursing Excellence in Women's Health with the Laura Bush Women's Health Institute at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas.

"Dr. Melland brings a wealth of experience and talent to her new position of interim dean of the College of Nursing. She currently serves as associate dean of undergraduate studies and has held a variety of other administrative positions in the College of Nursing, including service as interim dean during 2004-2005. Dr. Melland is highly regarded within the college and across campus as an excellent administrator and nursing educator. Her leadership as interim dean will enable the college to continue its current trajectory of success while the institution searches for a replacement for Dean Chandice Covington," Provost Greg Weisenstein said.

Weisenstein had praise for Covington, as well: "Within the relatively short period of three years, Dean Covington has helped elevate the national reputation of the College of Nursing, placing the college within the top tier of such colleges by many measures. Her passion for excellence in nursing research and education, as well as her incredible energy level, made a significant impact on our entire campus. She will be greatly missed."

A professor and associate dean in the College of Nursing, Melland has expertise in teaching evaluation, classroom assessment and assessment of student learning outcomes. She was a member of the North Dakota Board of Nursing from 1998 to 2006, serving as president from 2002 to 2004.

Melland earned her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Minnesota in 1992.

She is married to married to Jim Melland. They have two grown daughters.

Fall Leadership Series features Bob Boyd

Bob Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, will present "Some Lessons I Have Learned from Being a Leader" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union, as part of the Fall Leadership Series. This series is held Wednesdays through Nov. 19 and is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Faculty, please announce this event to your students. The sessions are free and open to the entire University community.

Next week, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m., Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs, Gordon Henry, will speak on "The Art of Caring Leadership."
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Asst. Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 701.777.3667

Italian fiction writer, English faculty member read short stories Oct. 22

Please join the English Department as Giulio Mozzi reads from his fiction and also gives a presentation on the artwork and fiction tied to his fictional author, Carlo Dalcielo. Mozzi has published over 20 works of fiction, poetry, and edited volumes with prestigious Italian presses like Einaudi and Mandadori. His prize-winning collection, Questo e' il giardino (This is the garden) is being translated by UND faculty member Elizabeth Harris Behling. Mozzi and Harris Behling will give a joint reading and presentation at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception will follow. -- English.

North Dakota Supreme Court hears argument at law school

The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear an oral argument at the School of Law Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Baker Courtroom, third floor, School of Law. The argument will begin at 10:10 a.m.

The Supreme Court visit to the law school provides a unique opportunity for the members of the law school community, UND campus and surrounding area to see the state’s highest court in session. In addition to hearing cases, the Supreme Court judged the final argument of the law student Moot Court competition, and spent additional time lecturing in classes and connecting with law students and faculty.

The public is invited to attend the court session Wednesday, Oct. 29,
10:10 to 11 a.m., oral argument – State v Lium

For a detailed description, please refer to the School of Law Web site at
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School,, 777-2856

"Indian Law and Legal Writing" is public lecture Oct. 22

Tonya Kowalski, Washburn University School of Law, will give a public lecture on incorporating federal Indian and tribal law into legal writing courses, which typically are part of the required first-year law school curriculum, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law. The lecture would be of interest to students considering law school, as well as any faculty, staff, or students interested in de-marginalizing tribal issues in higher education. Professor Kowalski is an associate professor of law at Washburn University School of Law, where she teaches first year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing. Before joining Washburn's law faculty, she was visiting associate clinical professor for the College of Law at Arizona State University. She also was a staff attorney for the Indian Legal Clinic in Tempe, Ariz. The lecture, which is part of the School of Law's faculty exchange program with Washburn, is free and open to the public.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School,, 777-2856

Michael Parenti speaks on "Democracy, Labor, and the Prosperity Myth"

The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Multicultural Awareness Committee, the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, and the Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speakers Series will present award-winning writer and internationally renowned speaker, Michael Parenti, one of the leading progressive political analysts active today.

Dr. Parenti will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Some of his books will be provided for sale outside the talk, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, and Michael Parenti will sit for a book signing afterward. Dr. Parenti is the author of 20 books. Some 300 articles of his have appeared in scholarly journals, political periodicals and various magazines and newspapers.

He appears on radio and television talk shows to discuss current issues and ideas from his published works. Dr. Parenti's talks and commentaries are played on radio stations and cable community access stations to enthusiastic audiences in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

For more information, please contact:
-- Richard Kahn, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Research, EFR,, 777-3431

Graphics and Photography Society sponsors Google Sketchup workshop

The Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) student organization is sponsoring a Google Sketchup workshop led by John Freden at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in 235 Starcher Hall, the Graphics Mac Lab.

Google SketchUp is free software that you can use to create, share and present 3D models. Whether you want to design a new deck for your house, model your business and put it in Google Earth, or design a new living room sofa, you can use SketchUp to see your ideas in 3D. And when you're done, you can export an image, make a movie or print out a view of what you made. SketchUp was created to make it easier for you to think and communicate in 3D. Check out to see what other people are modeling.

Seats are limited and registration is required. If you are interested in attending the Google Sketchup workshop, please e-mail me.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 701 777-2197

Museum Autumn Art Auction is Saturday

The North Dakota Museum of Art, the state's official art museum, will hold its 10th annual Autumn Art Auction Saturday, Oct. 25. This year’s co-chairs are Becky Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, directors of the Third Street Gallery on Kittson Avenue in downtown Grand Forks. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and appetizers donated by Whitey’s, Bronze Boot, Suite 49, Rhombus Guys, Museum Café, and Blue Moose. The live auction starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members in advance and $40 for non-members at the door. The 51 pieces of art are now on display at the Museum or online at

This Autumn Art Auction and its catalog is dedicated to Sanny Ryan, whose on-going financial gift of $60,000 annually supports museum staff salaries. The North Dakota Museum of Art is also very grateful to our dedicated sponsors who have given generously to guarantee that the arts flourish. The 2008 Autumn Art Auction is underwritten by Karen Stoker who developed North Dakota’s first art hotel in Fargo: Hotel Donaldson.

Of the auction, Museum Director Laurel Reuter writes, “Landscapes and ideas about landscape seem to dominate this year’s auction. Clearly, this reflects the influence of our climate and topography upon we who live here. In many parts of the world days go by with no mention of the weather. We, on the other hand, open endless conversations with the weather. It is our bridge to everywhere. Over the years the auction has grown into the venue where you can find the very best of what our own artists are making, and this includes art about life on the northern plains and woodlands.”

“The overriding goal of this auction is to build a buying audience for the artists who live among us. For decades, the only artists who could stay in northern Minnesota and North Dakota while continuing their professional careers had to find a different way to make a living —usually teaching on the college level. Our mantra became, ‘If we don’t support them, who is going to.’ Art has also become an accepted part of younger people’s lives. They participate, they buy, they live with art — and all of our lives become richer.”

“Not all of the artists live locally but they all have some relationship with either the Museum of Art or the region. And, given that Winnipeg is our closest large city — and a hotbed for artists — we consider the Manitoba art community our own.”

Absentee bidding is possible by mail or telephone. Call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an auction catalog, or register for absentee bidding. Ticket price includes wine and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Call 777-4195 for information on current exhibitions, the Museum Café, or the Museum Gift Shop.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Support Campus Sustainability Day at Wellness Center Oct. 22

The Wellness Center is hosting a webinar titled "Campus Sustainability Day VI: Climate Realities, Challenges and Progress in Higher Education." This live, interactive webcast will be shown in the classroom of the Wellness Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. It is sponsored by the Society for College and University Planning.

Join our panelists as Andy Revkin and Richard Moss talk about the latest scientific information on climate change. Tony Cortese and Jessy Tolkan contribute what they know from their leadership about the convergence of actions taken by professional staff, faculty, students, and senior leadership — and what that means, looking ahead, for climate change and sustainability progress on campus in 2008–2009.

Follow these links to learn more about the webinar: -cliff note description
-- Nikki Seabloom, Associate Director/Business Operations, Wellness Center,, 777-2360

Fall Theology for Lunch continues

Join Campus Ministry Association, representing Christus Rex, Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, and Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel for the fall Theology for Lunch series. The topic and presenters for the fall series will be:

Politics and Faith: Hot Topic Issues
* Oct. 22 – "Economy: Who and How Much to Tax? – Patrick O’Neill, economics, and Robert Dosch, accountancy, UND
* Oct. 29 – "War and Terrorism: Just War Theory" – Army Chaplain Justin Schmidt

Each presentation will take place at noon at the Newman Center. A light lunch will be served, so bring your appetite, a friend, and an interest in exploring these hot topics.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

Mini Mobile Health Fair dates set

Do you know your numbers? Work Well has teamed up with the College of Nursing to provide free health screening. Breakfast is on us.

Thursday, Oct. 23, Swanson Hall, Room 10-12, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, Facilities, second floor, Lunch Room, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (includes flu shot clinic).

Congratulations to Jan Orvik, Audrey Rambough, and Kathleen Howes for being the first ones to complete their screening and their PHA's! They are already registered for the $500 and $1000 giveaway!

Is your body aching? Come out to The Body Shop and let the experts figure out why. The physical therapy department has been very gracious. Please show your appreciation by attending one of The Body Shop clinics. We are giving away free oil change courtesy of Grease Monkey.

Oct. 28, Wilkerson JW Room, 7 to 9 a.m. -- Wellness Center.

Biology seminar is Oct. 24

Mark Sheridan, Department of Biology, North Dakota State University, will address the "Regulation of Animal Growth" at a biology seminar at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in 141 Starcher Hall. The public is invited. -- Biology.

Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics seminar is Oct. 24

Xuesong Chen, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, will present a seminar titled "Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits: Investigation Into the Mechanisms Underlying IBM and AD" at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Room 3933, School of Medicine.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 7-6221

World Poetry Evening is Oct. 24

Please join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, for World Poetry Evening as we listen to international poetry read in original languages, including Arabic, German, Bosnian, Hebrew, Spanish, and a Swiss dialect. We are still signing up readers. If interested, please contact Dr. Czerwiec at, or Dr. Berwald at
-- Heidi Czerwiec, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-2768

AAUW book sale is Oct. 24-25

The annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Grand Cities Mall. Items include used and new books and media materials. Proceeds fund scholarships.
-- Dianne Stam, DC, Alumni Center,, 777-6760

Visit haunted tours for a great cause

Delta Tau Delta’s 18th annual haunted tours are from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 2700 University Ave. (corner of University Ave. and Columbia Road). Make it a family tradition. Free parking is available behind the house. Save up to two dollars with two non-perishable food items. Cost is $5 per tour guest.
All proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in memory of Matthew Hoff. The tour is recommended for ages 10 and up. Get spooky this season!
-- Andrew Scott, Halloween event, EHD,, 763-245-2476

Residence hall Halloween activities are Oct. 26

UND faculty and staff are welcome to bring children to the residence halls for Halloween activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. A variety of fun events, such as carnivals, mazes, coloring contests, as well as trick or treating are planned. Trick or treating at residents’ doors will be set up in these halls: Conference Center, Brannon, Hancock, Johnstone/Fulton, and Noren. Halls with activities in the main lobby are Squires, Bek, West, Smith and McVey. Come in costume and enjoy the activities inside.
-- Missy Burgess, Assistant Director, Housing,, 7-8877

Kristallnacht documentary to be shown Oct. 27

In early November 1938, Nazi forces perpetrated a violent, coordinated riot on Jewish people, synagogues, and businesses all across Germany and German-controlled territories. This night left no doubt about Hitler's intent to destroy the Jews. It came to be known as "Kristallnacht," the night of broken glass. The 70th anniversary of this event is coming soon, and as part of the events commemorating it, including the visit of a survivor of that night, a documentary on Kristallnacht will be screened.

The Educational Foundations and Research Critical Documentary Film Series is proud to present this documentary at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Education Building's lecture bowl, Room 109.
-- Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Research,, 7-3238

Future of Technology at UND open forums are Oct. 27-31

Have a voice in the future of technology at UND. Students, faculty and staff are asked to tell us your technology needs and how important they are to you; all input is valuable. A full week of gathering information from our community will be held Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31, at the Memorial Union or Swanson Hall, with various times to accommodate everyone.

For the first time, UND will conduct a fact-finding and strategic planning process for information technology with active involvement from throughout the campus community. Chief Information Officer Joshua Riedy will lead the development and implementation of the plan, and the planning process will involve many representative campus groups and individuals. The process will weigh existing resources and services, perceived strengths and weaknesses, and strategies for delivering significant improvements to the campus. The majority of the fact-finding aspect will occur this fall, while the strategic planning process will begin soon after the holidays. There will be a series of campus forums organized around different aspects of the plan, and anyone from campus is invited to attend any of these sessions. Discussions with campus leaders led to the creation of the following preliminary framework:

• Applications/services for faculty, staff, students and organizations
(software and services for IT delivery campus wide)
• Athletics (data management)
• Core and enabling infrastructure (basic technology building blocks of the campus)
• Enterprise administration (system technology: ConnectND, HECN, IVN, ODIN)
• Outreach and public service (serving the campus community)
• Research (data analysis and proposal development)
• Teaching and learning (classroom technologies)

The forums will be facilitated by the Office of Conflict Resolution. The first round of forums is scheduled for the week of Oct. 27. A tentative schedule is attached. Additional information and future forum schedules will be forthcoming.

Monday, Oct. 27, River Valley Room
* 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations
* 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* noon to 1 p.m., open forum
* 1:15 to 3 p.m., teaching and learning
* 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., outreach and public service

Tuesday, Oct. 28, Memorial Room
* noon to 2 p.m., research
* 2:15 to 4:15 p.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations
* 4:30 to 6 p.m., open forum

Wednesday, Oct. 29, River Valley Room
* 8 to 9:45 a.m., outreach and public service
* 10 to 11:45 a.m., teaching and learning
* noon to 2 p.m., open forum
* 5 to 7 p.m., research

Thursday, Oct. 30, Room 16/18, Swanson Hall
* 9 to 11 a.m., research
* 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* 1:15 to 3 p.m., teaching and learning

Friday, Oct. 31, Room 16/18, Swanson Hall
* 8 to 9 a.m., open forum
* 9:15 to 11 a.m., core and enabling infrastructure
* 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., application/service for faculty, staff, students, organizations

For more information, contact Mike Lefever, or 777-2030.
-- Mike Lefever, Assistant to the CIO, CIO Department,, 777-2030

Keep Going Program is set for Oct. 27-31

The Student Success Center will hold the Keep Going program Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31. Keep Going is an information session on the advisement and registration process for freshman, current and transfer students who need assistance in preparing for their spring semester registration.

Topics covered during each session will include: identifying the roles of the advisor and student, understanding Essential Studies requirements, exploring the UND Catalog, and navigating Campus Connection.

This event will be held at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
Please encourage students to attend one of the following times:

Monday, Oct. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m., 6 to 6:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., 11 to 11:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 to 9:50 a.m., 1 to 1:50 p.m., 3 to 3:50 p.m., 5 to 5:50 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 to 10:50 a.m., 2 to 2:50 p.m., 3 to 3:50 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 31, 10 to 10:50 a.m., noon to 12:50 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Director of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-3910

Symposium will discuss ethics in politics

"Money, Power, and Influence: What is the role of ethics in politics" is the title of the fourth annual Olafson Ethics Symposium to be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Ballroom. The three-hour Symposium will include two presentations, a pizza social and round table discussion that focuses on ethics and politics.

The event is free and open to all UND students and the Greater Grand Forks community.

The event will begin with a presentation by Steven Light and Kathryn Rand titled "Ethics and Buying Political Influence: Indian Gaming and the Jack Abramoff Scandal." Rand and Light are widely recognized as among the nation's premier experts on Indian gaming.

They have published more than 30 articles and three books on tribal gaming, including "Indian Gaming Law: Cases and Materials" (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), "Indian Gaming Law and Policy" (Carolina Academic Press, 2006), and "Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise" (University Press of Kansas, 2005).

They have twice testified on Indian gaming regulation and oversight before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., and were featured on C-SPAN's Book TV.

Light and Rand are frequent commentators in media worldwide, including the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, International Herald Tribune, and Bloomberg Media.

They blog on the legal, political, and public policy issues concerning tribal gaming at Indian Gaming Today, at

Kathryn Rand (J.D., University of Michigan School of Law; B.A., University of North Dakota) is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Steven Light (Ph.D., Northwestern University; B.A., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration. They founded and co-direct the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, an interdisciplinary collaboration supported by both the College of Business and Public Administration and the Law School.

The keynote speaker is Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D., "The Ethics Guy", who has a simple purpose in life: he wants to enrich your appreciation of ethics in everyday life and to help you make the best decisions possible. He writes the column, "Ask the Ethics Guy," for

The title of his Olafson Ethics Symposium presentation is "Lie, Cheat, and Steal Your Way to Success! What would the world be like without ethics?"

Dr. Weinstein has appeared frequently on CNN's "American Morning" and is a contributor to the Anderson Cooper 360 blog. He has also been a guest on NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "Good Morning America," MSNBC's "Live," FOX Business Network's "Cavuto," FOX News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" and "Fox & Friends," CNBC's "Capital Report," Bloomberg Television's "Personal Finance," and NPR's "Leonard Lopate Show."

Dr. Weinstein is the author or editor of five books on ethics. His writings have appeared in, and he has been quoted or featured in USA Today, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Investor's Business Daily, Family Circle, Real Simple, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the in-flight magazines of American Airlines, Delta Airlines, USAirways, and United Airlines, as well as,, and His latest book is "Life Principles: Feeling Good by Doing Good" (Emmis Books).

He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University, a certificate in film production from New York University, and a National Fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. In April 2009, Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press will publish his next book, "Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught?," which will focus on ethical issues for teens.

The purpose of the Olafson Ethics Symposium is to provide a platform for students and the business community, to explore the importance of ethical behavior. This event is named in honor of Robert Olafson, a 1971 graduate of the University of North Dakota who earned a degree in mathematics. He lives in St. Paul, Minn., where he serves as Vice President at Minnesota Life Insurance Company. Olafson is a native of Edinburg, N.D., and established a gift in 2005 to support ethics education and awareness in the College of Business and Public Administration.

This is the fourth year of Olafson Ethics Symposium and the College of Business and Public Administration is grateful to Mr. Olafson for his generosity and support of UND students and this event. Additional support for this event was made possible by Jane Fercho Ludlow.

For more information regarding the Olafson Ethics Symposium or information posted in this press release, please contact CK Braun-Schultz at (701) 777-6937 or
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 701 777-2197

Appreciation reception for Thomas O'Neil is Oct. 28

A reception will be held for Thomas O’Neil, associate professor in computer science, in appreciation for chairing the computer science department from January 1998 through June 2008. The reception will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in 203 Streibel Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Paul Lindseth, Associate Dean for Academics, UND Aerospace,, 701-777-2935

Graduate and Professional School Information Day is Nov. 4

If you are considering graduate education, don't miss the first Graduate and Professional School Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Collect information from schools, including UND's Graduate School, NDSU, University of Minnesota, Creighton University, William Mitchell College of Law and more. This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, visit our Web site at
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2425

Sign up for On Teaching seminar Oct. 28

We hope you can join us for the next On Teaching seminar, “Creative Thinking Across the Curriculum,” sponsored by OID and WAC from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

In interviews conducted for the Bush Longitudinal Study, faculty at UND found that our students rarely understood creative thinking in the way that their teachers did. Typically when asked which courses required them to think creatively, students replied that they didn’t have courses that did (often reasoning this was because they were only in large lecture courses “where you don’t need to think creatively” or they hadn’t taken an art class). On the other hand, when faculty from across disciplines at UND came together to explore what we mean when we use the term “creative thinking” and to figure out how to assess this ability, they listed activities such as exploring alternate and potentially divergent perspectives on an idea, process, experience, or object; discovering ways to confront complex or ambiguous problems, make new connections, and see how things could be otherwise; and engaging in creative practice as a means to develop aesthetic understanding.

Most of us would argue that creative thinking is an essential skill for college graduates (it has been a goal of UND’s general education program since its inception) and should probably be part of many –- if not all -- courses our students take across the entire campus. In this On Teaching Seminar, Wendy Hume and Tami Carmichael (both recipients of ES Model Project Grants to work on enhancing creative thinking in their courses) will share some of their insights as we discuss creative thinking across our curriculum, how to define it, how to help your students do it (in both large and small classes) and how to assess student learning in this essential skill.

To register and reserve your lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail by noon Friday, Oct. 24.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-3325

Doctoral examination set for Michael William Suckert

The final examination for Michael William Suckert, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Generational Differences in Values Among Minnesota K-12 Educational Leaders." Gary Schnellert (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Dr. Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

U2 announces new session Oct. 29

The University Within the University (U2) announces a new session.

Understanding Your Credit
Oct. 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Help decipher the maze of credit reporting. Understand the information on a credit bureau report and the basis for your credit score. Explore ideas on building and rebuilding credit. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, The Village Financial Resource Center and the United Way Financial Stability Grant.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0780

U2 lists sessions

The University Within the University (U2) lists the following sessions.

Understanding Your Credit
Oct. 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room. See the article above for more information.

Wellness and You!
Oct. 28, noon to 1 p.m., Wellness Center, Classrooms 120 and 121. The Wellness Center is a place for all UND employees and allows all members to build and live a wellness lifestyle. Join us for a tour of WELLNESS and learn the benefits of creating a healthier you. This session will allow you to learn more about the services and programs available through Wellness Center membership and show you how easy it is to create a successful exercise program. You'll also receeive information about who can use the Wellness Center and steps you can take so some of your family members and friends can sign up for membership too. The Wellness Center doesn’t just want you living a wellness lifestyle, they want others you care about living it too. Wellness and You is sure to give you the tools you need to jump start your way into building a healthier you. Presenter: Carrie Strouth.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Level 1: Beginning
Oct. 27, 29, 30, 9 to 11:15 a.m. (six hours, 45 minutes), Upson II, Room 361.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to get started with PowerPoint, create a presentation, format text on slides, add graphical objects to a presentation, modify objects on slides, add tables to a presentation, add charts to a presentation, and prepare to deliver a presentation.
Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Performance Management and Progressive Discipline
Oct. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. This session is required training for all finance and operations supervisors (future supervisors are encouraged to register). Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9.
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

Wednesday, Oct. 29, is Denim Day

The last Wednesday is Oct. 29, and that means it's Denim Day. Pay your dollar to your building/departmental coordinator and enjoy going casual. All proceeds to charity as always. If you need buttons, let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Doctoral examination set for David P. Austin

The final examination for David P. Austin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in experimental psychology, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in 203 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Age Related Behavioral Change in the Ames Dwarf Mice." Jeffrey Weatherly (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Register now for Stone Soup Awards Program Nov. 5

Registration is now available for the Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 5, sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement. It will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with registration and exhibits.

President Robert Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown will serve a unique vegetarian stone soup symbolizing the collaborative efforts that sustain a community, like the old folk tale of the travelers who start a soup with a stone and entice the villagers to contribute to the pot.

Recognition and awards will be given to community partners, departments, faculty, and students. Exhibits of exemplary public scholarship and service-learning projects will be on display.

Tickets are $7.50 for students and $20 for community and university members. Checks made out to UND can be sent to the Center for Community Engagement, 317 Cambridge Street, Stop 8254; registration can be completed online at for a nominal fee; or call 777-0675.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 701.777.2287

Note revision to National Science Foundation salary policy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided clarification of its salary policy as follows:

Senior project personnel are now able to charge up to two months of regular salary in any one year. The previous policy limited salary compensation to summer months only.

Compensation for salary in excess of two months must be included in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and specifically approved by NSF in the award notice.

This revision only applies to proposals received on or after Jan. 5, 2009. The revised NSF Policy and Procedures Guide may be viewed at .
-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants & Contracts Administration,, 777-2505

Major research instrumentation program (MRI) internal preproposal deadline is Nov. 3

Although the new solicitation is not yet available, the deadline for the 2009 MRI proposals is Jan. 22. It is anticipated that changes to it will be minor. Therefore, in order to allow more time for proposal preparation, we have set an internal preproposal deadline of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation generally range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. However, two or all three proposals may be for instrument development. An institution may also be included as a member of a legally established consortium submitting a separate proposal, clearly labeled as such in the proposal's title.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
● Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
● Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
● Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
● Detailed budget. Please be aware that the University will be required to provide 30 percent in matching funds this year (see

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

Contact RD&C (7-4278 or for the complete NSF MRI announcement, or download it at: and
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Arts, humanities, social sciences can apply for funding

The Division of Research offers arts, humanities and social sciences funding. Application procedures and criteria for award selection follow.


1. Faculty members in the following departments may apply for funding from this program: anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, history, Indian studies, languages, music, philosophy and religion, School of Communication, theatre arts (i.e., those that are not eligible for National Science Foundation funding); and the following programs: humanities and integrated studies, honors, interdisciplinary studies.

2. Faculty who have previously received funding from this program are not eligible for another award until they have submitted a request for funding to an external funding agency.

3. Faculty who have previously received funding from this program are not eligible for another award until they have submitted a final report for the previously funded project.

4. The following are unallowable budget items: travel to attend conferences, infrastructure, public relations activities, salary of the principal investigator, studies already completed

5. Preference will be given to proposals requesting $5,000 or less.

6. Although these awards are primarily intended for tenured and tenure-track faculty, temporary faculty may apply as long as creative activity is required in their contract and they are able to complete their proposed activity while employed at the University of North Dakota.


I. Cover page including the following: principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed for each previous award; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.

II. Project narrative: the narrative text should not exceed three single-spaced pages (approximately 1,785 words).

The narrative should clearly convey the ideas, objectives, and methods of the project. It should also communicate the project's substance, potential contribution to the field, overall significance, the intended audience where appropriate, the likely outcome, and your ability to carry out the project successfully. A simple statement of need or intent is insufficient. Because reviewers may not possess specialized knowledge of the proposed field of study, the project description should be free of jargon.

There is no formula for writing a successful application. However, applicants may find it helpful to address the following questions where appropriate in their narratives:

A. What are the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study? Explain the planned approach or line of thought. If the area is a new area of research, explain the reasons for working in it, if the area is not a new area describe the significance of the area. If the project is creative activity in one of the arts, describe what you intend to create and/or perform.

B. For what part or stage of your project are you seeking support? Provide an overview of the project and describe what part of the study/creative activity you will undertake during the award period. If you will be working with someone else describe your contributions to the project. If working on a book, provide a tentative chapter outline.

C. What work will be accomplished during the award period? Supply a brief work plan.

D. Will this project be supported by other resources? If so what is the source and amount, and what portion of the project will the other resources cover?

E. How will the project complement, challenge, or expand relevant work in the field? Explain what makes the project distinctive.

F. What contribution will the project make to the field?

G. What is the project’s overall significance in terms of its potential social, cultural, and/or educational benefits?

H. Where will you conduct the study/create and/or perform the work? What materials will you use? Describe access to archives, collections, performance/studio venues, or institutions with the necessary resources.

I. What is the intended audience for the results of the project?

J. What are the intended results of the project? Indicate plans for articles, conference papers, books, recordings, exhibit, or other forms of outcomes.

III. One-page budget and justification: The budget must be broken down into individual items with each item justified. The following are unallowable budget items: travel to attend conferences, infrastructure, public relations activities, salary of the principal investigator, studies already completed.

IV. Project bibliography (if appropriate to the proposed work)

The bibliography should not exceed one single-spaced page (4,000 characters, approximately 570 words).

The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. It is usually advisable to include works that pertain to both the project's substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches. Titles cited in the application narrative do not have to be included in the bibliography. Reviewers often use the bibliography to evaluate your preparation in the subject area and your approach to the topic.

V. One-page academic résumé: The résumé should include education, employment history, and relevant citations (e.g., publications, presentations, performances, juried exhibitions)


Reviewers are asked to evaluate an application according to the following criteria:

1. The significance of the contribution that the project will make to knowledge in the specific field and to the humanities or social sciences generally, OR in the case of projects in the arts, the potential: (a) to impact the artistic and/or cultural heritage of the nation, region, or field, and/or (b) to broaden and/or deepen public understanding and appreciation of and access to the arts, and/or (c) to have a positive effect on the development of arts learning for children and youth.

2. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work;

3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project;

4. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project including the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the applicant;

5. The likelihood that the successful completion of the project will bring some return to the University.

6. Evidence that previous awardees have fulfilled all requirements for their previous award(s).


The application, with original signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean, and nine (9) copies must be submitted to Research Development and Compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, on or before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.


Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of arts, humanities, and social sciences faculty, chosen and chaired by the associate vice president for research. Applications from faculty teams/groups are encouraged.

Award Requirements

1. All recipients of arts, humanities and social sciences grants are required to submit a final report to Research Development and Compliance within one month of the project’s end date or depletion of awarded funds, if that occurs before the project ends. The report should include a brief summary of results of the study, how funds were expended and whether or not the project resulted in publications, external grant proposals/awards, presentations, etc.

2. All recipients of arts, humanities and social sciences grants are required to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within one year of the award’s end date.

3. If an award results in a tangible product such as a book, article, or a video or audio recording, a copy must be provided to the Division of Research.

Book orders now due

The University Bookstore would like to remind faculty that book orders are now due. Having your course and book information early allows us to pay students 50 percent of the book price at buyback. Buyback is critical to ensure a great selection of used books for your students in the spring. Early book orders also help us to help you, by notifying you of publisher stock issues, edition changes, and out-of-print titles in a timely manner. Book orders may be submitted online at, by phone at 777-2748, by fax at 777-2108, or by e-mail at

Your team at Barnes & Noble is always available to answer any question you might have. Thank you.

-- Tina Monette, Assistant Manager, UND Bookstore,, 701-777-2106

Return UND open enrollment forms by Nov. 28; disregard NDPERS postcard

Postcards from NDPERS will be sent out this week reminding you of various open enrollments for 2009. UND administers its own flex plan, so please disregard any information on the NDPERS flexible benefits plan. The 2009 enrollment information and forms for UND’s plan will be sent out in the very near future from the payroll office. Any NDPERS enrollment forms received in the payroll office will be sent back. Forms for UND’s plan must be completed and returned to payroll by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Any questions regarding the 2009 flexible benefits enrollment period, contact Cheryl Arntz at 777-4423. -- Payroll.

Tuition waivers/discounts offered to benefited employees

The University of North Dakota offers tuition waivers/discounts to benefited employees and their spouses and dependents. Graduate tuition waivers/discounts provided as part of a benefited employee’s benefit package, are included in taxable income to the employee per the Internal Revenue Service. Effective fall 2008, the value of the graduate tuition waiver will be spread over four pay periods and the applicable tax deducted from each pay check. Employees will be notified via e-mail of the value and when the taxes will be deducted from their checks.

Tuition waivers for undergraduates and non-benefited graduate research assistants, graduate teaching assistants and graduate service assistants are NOT taxable through the payroll office. -- Payroll.

Museum Cafe lists specials, soups

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists its daily soups and specials: 

October 22-24
Soups: Knoephla, Roasted Yam
Wednesday: Skirt Steak Sandwich
Thursday: Grilled Steak Salad
Friday: Philly Steak Sandwich

October 27-31
Soups: Pasta Fagioli, Thai Satay
Monday: Stir Fry
Tuesday: Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Wednesday: Stir Fry
Thursday: Stuffed Baguette
Friday: Stir Fry

The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Staff Recognition Week winners listed

The 2008 Staff Recognition Week winners are listed under events at the Staff Senate Web site, .

A huge thank you to our 2008 sponsors: Barnes & Noble, Career Services, Chester Fritz Auditorium, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Education and Human Development, Continuing Education, COSE, Dakota Textbooks, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Memorial Union, president's office, School of Engineering and Mines, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UND Staff Senate, Studio One, and Teacher Education.

OLLI@UND seeks "Theater Goers," history instructor

Just a reminder that our OLLI@UND special feature, "Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific," begins classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday evening, Oct. 20. Please call 777-4840 and speak with Connie directly to enroll in this class where you'll learn while being entertained!

Also, OLLI@UND is seeking a history instructor to teach a course on World War II. Many of us babyboomers were born during that era and would like to learn more about it. Please call Connie at 777-4840 and discuss the rewards of teaching our amazing OLLI members of 50 years and better!
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator of OLLI@UND, OLLI/DCE,, 7-4840

Deadline is Dec. 12 to apply for employee spouse/dependent tuition waivers

The deadline to submit the 2009 spring semester spouse/dependent tuition waiver form is Friday, Dec. 12. Applications for spring semester received after this date will not be processed, and there will be no extension of the Dec. 12 deadline date.

If you received the waiver for fall, you may see a spring waiver in your anticipated aid. However, you MUST STILL REAPPLY for the waiver by the due date of Dec. 12 in order to receive the waiver for spring. Your eligibility for the waiver must be approved before the waiver will be applied to your account.

The amount of the spouse/dependent tuition waiver is 50 percent of the billed tuition per spouse and/or dependent for UND undergraduate and graduate classes excluding professional programs (law and medicine) and self-supporting continuing education courses (correspondence and online studies). The deadline to submit your completed spouse/dependent tuition waiver form is 30 days prior to the start of the semester. You are encouraged to take advantage of this new benefit.

The spouse/dependent tuition waiver policy is available at:

The spouse/dependent tuition waiver form and checklist of eligibility are located at:

If you have questions regarding the policy, please call the Human Resources Office (777-4361). If you have any questions regarding the actual tuition waiver, please call Student Account Services (777-3911).
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources, Office of Human Resources,, 7-4364

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.


POSITION: UAS Course Manager, Aerospace Sciences, #09-107
COMPENSATION: $ 50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Assistant Director, Athletic Media Relations, Athletics, #09-106
COMPENSATION: $ 25,000 plus/year

POSITION: Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health, #09-104
COMPENSATION: $ 35,000 plus/year


POSITION: Line Service Operator, Aerospace Sciences, #09-115
COMPENSATION: $ 22,000 plus/year

POSITION: Environmental Health & Safety Technician, Safety & Environmental Health, #09-105
COMPENSATION: $23,500 plus/year


POSITION: Administrative Clerk, Dining Services, #09-114
COMPENSATION: $24,000 plus/year

POSITION: Front Desk Clerk, Center for Family Medicine – Bismarck, #09-109
COMPENSATION: $19,500 plus/year


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday – Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Facilities, #09-112
COMPENSATION: $ 18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Friday, 4 a.m. to noon), Facilities, #09-111
COMPENSATION: $ 18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Building Services Supervisor (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-110
COMPENSATION: $ 29,000 plus/year

POSITION: Technology Development Machinist, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-108
COMPENSATION: $ 19.23 plus/hour


NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks

Veterans Upward Bound offers math assistance

Veterans Upward Bound (777-6465), located on the third floor of the Memorial Union, offers assistance for qualified veterans who need to refresh their math skills before enrolling in UND math classes. Call us immediately for more details. We also offer classes in English, computers, and science.
-- Colleen Reuter, Site Coordinator, Veterans Upward Bound,, 777-6465

UND employees can buy Alerus Center event tickets before general public

The Alerus Center is providing UND employees the opportunity to purchase tickets for all events in advance of public sales. This currently applies to Lifehouse, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Neil Diamond, Winnie the Pooh, Michael W. Smith, and Disturbed.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Vione at 701-792-1402 or e-mailing her at The tickets can be mailed to you at no cost or picked up at the box office. -- Alerus Center.

Dale Jacobson publishes new book

Dale Jacobson, senior lecturer in the Department of English, has published his eighth book of poetry, "Metamorphoses of the Sleeping Beast," from Red Dragonfly Press. Comprised of 64 poems written over many years, it is praised by the nationally recognized poet John Balaban (a participant of UND's Writers Conference), who remarks: "If there is a politics in his poetry as there is in McGrath's, it is as spiritually suffused with nature as William Blake's, as imagistic and allusively argued as Neruda's, and as Amerian as a coyote on a hilltop outside town waking us up with his lyrical, plaintive song." -- English.

Bruce Gjovig receives Royal award

Bruce Gjovig has received the officer-knight Order of Merit given to nationals and foreigners to reward their service to Norway. Gjovig, who grew up near Crosby, N.D., received the award from Norway Ambassador Wegger Strommen at its embassy in Washington, D.C. Gjovig received the medal to honor his work with the Center for Innovation and the Nordic Initiative program at the University of North Dakota.

The Center for Innovation provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers to launch new endeavors with the help of private and public funds. Since it was formed in 1984, the center has helped launch over 400 new products, employing more than 4,000 people and has received over $110 million in investments.

Gjovig's Norwegian passion began back in the early 1990s when, as the founding director for the center, he was invited to Norway to speak with businesses and government officials about entrepreneurship in business.

"Many (Dakotans) have a strong interest in the heritage and culture, but most don't have any connections to modern Norway," Gjovig said.

In 1997, the Nordic Initiative was created with a vision, "To provide extraordinary educational, intellectual, cultural, technology, research, trade and economic benefits and opportunities for students and citizens of the Upper Midwest, Norway and other Nordic countries."

The program focuses on student-exchange programs in medical, law, engineering, business, history, communication and other fields of study. Having survived the chopping block on more than one occasion, UND's Nordic Initiative is the second largest Norwegian program in nation, having hosted over 90 groups and dignitaries. Gjovig added that the program probably would not have survived if not for Norway and North Dakota's similarities both physically, with a small, mostly rural population and socially, sharing similar values and culture characteristics.

"Norway is a small country that has a huge impact on the world," Gjovig said. "North Dakota is also small, but wants to have an enormous impact. The Nordic initiative fostered an understanding and a relationship. It's a chance to impact the lives of modern Norway, which is a very sophisticated country."

"Being a farm boy from Crosby, it's a terrific honor," he said. "I'm delighted to bring the award back to North Dakota, the heart of Norway in the U.S. But I am accepting the award on behalf of the initiative."

Traveling to Washington to receive the award was e a reunion of sorts.

"Wegger (Strommen) has been a friend for many years and I have a great deal of respect for him," Gjovig said, "So this was fun for me."

Gjovig said he is planning a trip to the Leading Edge Technology Park in Stavanger, Norway, to participate in several intellectual exchanges with numerous oil, manufacturing and technology businesses.

"With the recent oil boom in North Dakota and the existing boom in Norway, there is a huge opportunity in the oil industry and there is much we can learn from the Norwegians," he said.

"In the early 1900s, Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe, but its economic transformation is astounding." Gjovig added. "I want to bring back the educational, investment and technology concepts back to North Dakota to help people rise to their potential."

History of the Order of Merit medal
In 1985, five years before his death, King Olav created a medal of merit for nationals and foreigners as a reward for their outstanding service to Norway. The medals, divided into three categories, have been awarded every year since its inception, first by King Olav and currently by his son, King Harald.

According to the official Web site of Danish Monarchy Statistics, "The insignia of the Order is the Cross of St. Olav, wrought in gold or silver, with a plain cross in each of the four corners formed by the arms of the cross, inlaid with a rounded, red cross in the centre with King Olav V's monogram surmounted by a crown." The medal is attached to a ribbon made of navy blue silk and is worn on the breast or around the neck, depending on the level awarded.

The total number of recipients is unknown because the Norwegian government only began archiving the names in 2002, but the number of recipients ranges every year. For 2008, 33 officer medals will be awarded, with the U.S. leading the group with nine recipients.

Five out of the seven continents are represented, spanning the globe from Canada in North America, Brazil in South America and Tanzania in Africa, to France in Europe and Thailand in Asia.

King Harald V of Norway
Harald, King of Norway, has led an interesting life even by royal standards. Born in 1937, Harald was the first prince born in Norway in 567 years. Even though he had two elder sisters, at that time Norway's constitution stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the throne. He was just three years old when the Germans invaded Norway in 1940, forcing the Royal Family minus Harald's father Olav to flee, escaping first to Sweden and later to the United States, living in Washington, D.C., until peace was declared in 1945. The Royal Family returned to Norway that same year.

Back in Norway, Harald attended school, which for a prince, emphasized a close tie to the Norwegian people and its contemporary society. After completing his education, Harald joined the Norwegian military as part of compulsory service.

After completing his military service, King Harald studied social science, history and economics at Oxford. A few years later, after the king gave his consent, he married a commoner, Sonja Haraldsen, in August 1968 an unusual move in any monarchy.

Harald, now Crown Prince, worked closely with Father, King Olav, carrying out official duties within the country and representing it overseas. In 1990, Harald became king after the death of his father from an illness.

Similar to the British monarchy, King Harald's primary duties are largely ceremonial, acting as the custodian of royal tradition. While he can address and influence legislation, a majority of the power lies within the governmental body. Similar to the United States' "Commander-in-Chief" King Harald commands the military, holding the rank of General in the Army and Air Force, and of Admiral in the Navy.

Like many North Dakotans, King Harald is an active hunter and fisherman. His love of wilderness and concern for the environment led him to serve for 20 years as president of the World Wildlife Fund Norwegian chapter. He is also an avid yachtsman who has competed and won many national and international sailing competitions.